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How to deal with economic crisis in psychotherapy. The role of the psychoanalyst as a 'bourgeois' and as a 'citoyen'

Emilio Modena

I'll show by providing four clinical examples how economic crisis and neoliberal politics affect patients in psychotherapy. The psychoanalyst has to treat more and more people with burn-out syndroms or suffering mobbing or unemployment. Generally speaking the question is how to deal with cumulative traumatization and invalidation. My point is, that the psychoanalist in his role as a bourgeois (that is: in his daily practice) has to revise the concept of 'neutrality' and engage himself more actively in the concrete social field, where his or her patients are struggling for psychic health. Moreover, the psychoanalyst should interfere in his role as a 'citoyen' with general politics. Thanks to his very specific knowledge about the dialectics of the conscious and the unconscious, he or she may contribute in better recognizing and fighting the emerging fascism in Europe (e.g. Italy or Hungary) and help develop new and realistic utopic concepts on the short of the longer terms for a future democratic society.

24-28 August 2011 Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
Darling Harbour, Australia.
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Emilio Modena

Born in 1941 in Naples, since 1950 in Switzerland. After graduation from medical school at the University of Zurich from 1968 to 1974 he worked as a general practitioner in Zurich-Aussersihl, at this time training at the Psychoanalytic Seminar Zurich (PSZ). Personal analyzes at Paul Parin (Zurich) and John Cremerius (Freiburg, Germany). Since 1974, he has worked as a psychoanalyst and psychotherapist in private practice. Mr Modena is the Platform Group co-founder of the new - independent of the Swiss Society for Psychoanalysis - Psychoanalytic seminar, and has worked as a lecturer and supervisor since 1977. 1979 Foundation of the Zurich Foundation for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. Also a lecturer in clinical psychoanalysis at the University of Klagenfurt. Numerous publications and lectures on the topics of psychoanalysis and society / politics, Narzissmus- and aggression theory, psychoanalytic training. Publisher (together with Peter Passett) of "War and Peace from a psychoanalytic point of view," 1983, and "The fascism Syndrome - The Psychoanalysis of the New Right in Europe" 1998th.

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